Unlike a complete abdominoplasty a mini-tummy tuck does not smoothen the skin folds above the umbilicus. Therefore, women who have stretch marks or skin creases above their belly button are not good candidates for mini-tummy tuck.
Mini Tummy Tuck promises to give you a full tummy tuck results without the big scar! Then, what is the real difference between full tummy tuck vs. mini tummy tuck. To understand the pros and cons of Mini Tummy Tuck you have to first know how a mini tummy tuck procedure is performed. A Beverly Hills mini tummy tuck surgery is done by first liposuctioning the abdomen and flanks in order to reduce tummy size. Then a low bikini cut incision is made in the pubic area in order to remove some of the loose skin and stretch marks of only the lower tummy. In a mini-tummy tuck the belly button is not revised, while it is fixed by a full tummy tuck.
Tummy Tuck After Pregnancy
Most women after pregnancy have stretch marks on most of their abdomen, as well as skin folds that extend to the flanks. The only way to remove most of the tummy stretch marks and loose skin after pregnancy is by a full tummy tuck. A mini tummy tuck is more appropriate for women who have not had pregnancies but have minimal loose skin only in the lower abdomen. Pregnancy also stretches abdominal muscles which produce lower tummy pouch or protuberance that cannot be tightened with exercise. While some Beverly Hills tummy tuck specialists might claim that they can repair stretched abdominal muscles with a mini tummy tuck, in reality this cannot be done unless the belly button is disconnected via a full tummy tuck. Therefore a Mommy Makeover after pregnancy cannot use a mini tummy tuck scar or technique.
A mini tummy tuck cannot be utilized for body contouring after massive weight loss and gastric bypass.
Mini tummy tuck recovery time period is usually a few days shorter than a full tummy tuck. The recovery period for a mini-tummy tuck is usually about a week while that of a full abdominoplasty is about twelve days. Because the abdominal muscles are not worked on during a mini tummy tuck surgery, woman can return to heavy lifting and unlimited exercise much sooner. Because a mini tummy tuck is a less extensive abdominal surgery it can be better tolerated in combination with other cosmetic surgery procedures such as liposuction, breast augmentation, and breast lift.
Mini tummy tuck cost and prices in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills are usually less than a full tummy tuck and range from $5,500 to $8,000. On the other hand, a full tummy tuck in Beverly Hills can be from $8,800 to $13,000. Obviously the cost of mini tummy tuck in Beverly Hills can vary depending on expertise of the mini tummy tuck specialist as well as surgery center and anesthesiologist fees.